The majority of respondents were in favour of leaving the EU but, in all, a mere 37% of those who could vote actually made this option. That is a total of just over 26% of the population. In other words, the majority of potential voters shunned the choice.
The EU has many short-comings but the UK has some responsibility for this as they adhered very late to the EU and thus allowed other nations without the UK experience in establishing worldwide democracies to take a place.
The probable political, social and, above all, economic consequences for the UK are mostly of a negative nature. The pound has already lost value and so will property.
Many important companies, and not only foreign enterprises, are already considering a move of their head office to other countries.
Meanwhile many Britons have opened their eyes: a second referendum seems a moral obligation and should need at least 51% of possible voters to vote.
Today only a few economies, such as China and the US, can remain independent. The rest need to be part of a union in order to have a say in world affairs.
Malcolm Duncan, by email